Aminadab Gonzalez has been identified as the individual who fatally shot four people at a business park in Orange, California on Wednesday.
The mass shooting critically injured several people and resulted in the death of three adults and one 9-year-old boy who died in his mother’s arms. According to Lieutenant Jennifer Amat of the Orange Police Department, it is believed that the shooting was related to a “business and personal relationship which existed between the suspect and all of the victims.”
“This appears to be an isolated incident, and we believe everyone knew each other,” Lieutenant Amat stated during a news conference that was held on Thursday. The woman who had been holding the young boy was critically wounded and remains in the hospital after receiving emergency treatment.
The shooting occurred at the offices of Unified Homes, which is described as “a full-service manufactured home dealer and real estate company” on their website. Nonetheless, Todd Spitzer, the Orange County District Attorney, cautioned that the possible relationship between Gonzalez and his victims has not been formally determined.
“It is a horrible, horrible tragedy that Mr. Gonzalez made a decision to use deadly force to deal with issues he was dealing with, apparently, in his life,” Spitzer said.
Gonzalez has been staying in a hotel in Anaheim and used a rental car to drive to the Unified Homes offices. When police arrived on the scene around 5:30 pm following reports of a shooting, they found the complex’s gates were closed with bicycle cable locks. Gonzalez fired at the officers and they fired back. Lieutenant Amat also revealed that the suspect had a semiautomatic handgun and a backpack containing ammunition, handcuffs and pepper spray in his possession.
Gonzalez was wounded by a gunshot and remains in the hospital in stable but critical condition. It is currently unclear whether he was shot by police or if it was a self-inflicted wound.
In regards to the punishment that Gonzalez may face for the massacre, Spitzer asserted that Gonzalez will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“I’m here to make something very, very clear: Mr. Gonzalez is eligible for the death penalty,” he said. “This is a special-circumstances case. There were multiple victims.”